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Platinum Pet Service
(734) 737-0363
Plymouth, MI
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Kelly Kennels
(734) 426-4700
7555 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI
A full service salon and kennel offering dog grooming and boarding services by skilled professionals. Since 1991, Kelly Kennels has striven to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for every pet boarded with or groomed by us to ensure that their visit with us is as pleasant as possible. Over the past 16 years, Kelly Kennels has established a reputation for giving the highest quality care for your dog or cat.

My Dog's Groomer
(734) 844-8280
4000 N. Lilley Rd.
Canton, MI
My Dog's Groomer offer our customers a full service pet salon with talanted and very experienced groomers with the latest equipment and services in the industry. We offer a wide variety of special services or treatments that your pet may enjoy - "SPA treatments", Furminating, Scissor trimming, and breed cuts. My Dog's Groomer offers special needs programs, puppy specials, and Truck Driver no appointment necessary service.

Parkway Professional Grooming
(734) 453-9488
418 N. Main Street
Plymouth, MI
We are celebrating our 21st year serving the Plymouth, Northville, Canton area. Your pet is the heart of our business. We specialize in the Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, long haired cats and Havense. We offer 30 years experience showing, breeding and grooming Bichon Frises. We also offer cat boarding. Open Monday thru Saturday 9 to 5. At Parkway Professional Grooming Dogs Rule!

Park Avenue Grooming
(734) 891-6121
41395 Wilcox Rd
Plymouth, MI
Our groomers and owners, Julie Heatley and Tina are all breed groomers, specializing in the Bichon Frise'. Together, we have had over 20 years of quality grooming experience. We are open Monday through Saturday and will make every effort to accomodate your specialized pet needs. We take care of your pets like we do our own!

Waggle N Whiskers Grooming Btq., Inc.
(734) 429-7687
100 S. Ann Arbor Street
Saline, MI
A full service pet salon offering dog & cat grooming/ pampering by skilled groomers with Hydrosurge bathing, premium shampoos & conditioners, FURminator Shed-Less treatments and more.. Open Monday - Saturday

Ann Arbor Kennels
(734) 253-2211
7555 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Kennels is a small facility with loads of hands on care and with a professional, experienced staff, located in Ann Arbor, MI.

Lucky Duck Pet Grooming
(734) 306-9239
1780 Hendrie
Canton, MI
Affordable and professional dog and cat grooming. We use only all natural shampoos and never use cage dryers. From nail trims to full grooming services, we do it all. Open Monday-Saturday.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Bark'ers Pet Salon
(734) 254-9703
633 S. Main St.
Plymouth, MI
Professional pet grooming for an inexpensive price. All breeds welcome including cats. 20 years of combined experience. Offering everything from bathing to show cuts, nails and teeth cleaning. Pick up and delivery if needed. No Tranquilizers used!

About Cats & Dogs
(734) 429-3902
147 Keveling Dr
Saline, MI

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Safe Twitching

Written by Melissa Cassutt

There are three basic types of restraint that can be effective during an emergency: location restraint, physical restraint and chemical restraint.  Colorado veterinarian Ruth Sorensen discusses different techniques of twitching, a form of physical restraint that can help control your horse as you address an emergency.

In part two, Sorensen explains how to properly apply three different types of hobbles. Our series on emergency restraint techniques concludes with an article on different types of location restraint, chemical restraint, and special techniques to restrain a foal, mule or donkey.
Safe Twitching

There are two areas on a horse that can be effectively and humanely twitched—the neck and the nose. Vulnerable anatomy, such as ears, joints or genitals should never be used for restraint. Besides being illegal in some states, ear twitches can cause permanent damage and may actually provoke aggression in some horses.

There are a few situations in which a twitch should not be used. These include if a horse is:

• Thrashing. To ensure the safety of the horse and the handler, a horse that is thrashing (as is often the case with a bad colic) should not be twitched or restrained with any other technique.

• Hurt in the area to be twitched. This may sound obvious, but it still deserves to be noted. Do not apply a twitch to an injured area, such as a sunburned muzzle or a shoulder suffering from a laceration.

• Acting up. Twitching should be used only in an emergency, and only to restrain a horse long enough to prevent further injury as the situation is being handled. Twitching should never be used as a form of discipline.

Nose twitches can be applied by hand or with a piece of equipment.
To apply a nose twitch by hand, grasp the “meaty” part of the upper lip under the nostrils, and while keeping a firm grip, twist your hand. As you hold this twitch, pulse your hand and gently massage the lip with your fingers.

As for twitching equipment, there are three basic types of nose twitches:

• Humane twitches. These metal clamps hinge at one end to squeeze the upper lip, and fasten at the opposite end with a snap. Though called humane twitches, Sorensen says they can end up causing injury by pinching or slipping loose.

• Rope-end twitches. These twitches are comprised of a long stick with a rope loop at one end. The loop is applied to the upper lip and twisted tight. As with the humane twitch, these can also have a problem with slipping.

• Chain-end twitches. These twitches are the same as a rope-end twitch, but instead of a rope loop, they have a chain loop, which provides more grip.

Whatever type of twitch you use, it’s important to stay active and aware when twitching a horse. If using your hands, “work the twitch” by pulsing your hands and massaging the area; if using a piece of equipment, gently and slowly roll the handle over and back, being careful not to loosen the twitch.

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MI Equine Law


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